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The importance of the Pride Game

FoxSports, July 22, 2017

Jason Ball comments on importance of the Pride Game in challenging homophobia and changing the AFL’s culture.

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Insights from the 2016 Pride Game

VicHealth, July 19, 2017

An evaluation of the Pride Game by La Trobe University has revealed the campaign resulted in small but significant attitudinal changes among St Kilda FC staff, players, members and fans, and the wider LGBTI community.

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Australians of the Year: In Conversation

ABC TV, June 17, 2017

Four 2017 Australians of the Year led by the President of the Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs, join ABC’s Kumi Taguchi to discuss how they gain inspiration through their commitment to human rights.

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Jason Ball calls for calm in the gay community over Margaret Court

news.com.au, June 2, 2017

Jason Ball cautions the LGBTI community against turning Margaret Court into a martyr. Let her keep the Arena, and instead let’s throw a big gay party there.

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Melbourne student comes out in front of entire school

Star Observer, May 23, 2017

A MELBOURNE Grammar student has come out in front of his entire school at a recent assembly, and highlighted the years of struggle he faced trying to accept his sexuality. In a show of support the 1st XVII footballers wore rainbow jerseys over the weekend for Melbourne Grammar’s pride game.

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Jason Ball on being an LGBTI role model

The Daily Edition, May 11 2017

Jason Ball is the 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria and joined The Daily Edition on Channel 7 to speak about his work promoting LGBTI inclusion in schools and the AFL.

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Pride of the League

Channel 9 News, May 7, 2017

Yarra Glen was bursting with pride today as they took on the Yea Tigers in the 4th annual Pride Cup. The Pride Cup was founded by Victoria’s Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball and has received widespread support form the AFL community.

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More than a game

sydneyswans.com.au, March 4, 2017

The Sydney Swans are accustomed to having a Jason Ball walking the hallways. On Friday, however, it wasn’t the 2005 premiership ruckman and former director of eight years who called by the SCG. Rather, it was LGBTI advocate and public speaker Jason Ball who ticked a visit to the famous venue off his bucket list.

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Jason Ball talks equality and mental health in Albury

Border Mail, February 20, 2016

Victoria’s 2017 Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball was on the Border promoting equality and mental health awareness this weekend. Mr Ball has become a national figurehead on combating homophobia in sport and highlighting the damaging impact of homophobia on the mental health and wellbeing of the LGBTI community.

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Don’t be afraid to be yourself: Jason Ball

ABC Goulburn Murray, February 20, 2017

Victoria’s 2017 Young Australian of the Year Jason Ball says don’t be afraid to be who you are! Ball, an LGBTI advocate and first male Aussie Rules player at any level of the game to publicly come out, shared his message at St Matthew’s Church in Albury yesterday. The champion sportsperson says ending marriage discrimination is crucial for the LGBTI community to be included and accepted.

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Henderson pressured to act on marriage equality

Bay 93.9, February 17, 2017

A former footballer turned anti-homophobia campaigner has urged politicians to make a move on same sex marriage, during a community forum at Torquay. Last night’s meeting urged Liberal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson to push the government to act on marriage equality.

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Susan Alberti AC and Jason Ball on Monday Catch-Up

3AW 693, January 16, 2017

Vice President of the Western Bulldogs Susan Alberti AC and Young Australian of the Year for Victoria Jason Ball joined Denis Walter for Monday Catch-Up. Jason is best known for this work within the AFL in teaching players and supporters alike about homophobia in sport.

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Jason Ball named 2017 Young Australian of the Year for Victoria

ABC, November 16, 2016

Jason Ball, 28, has been awarded the Victorian Young Australian of the Year for his work tackling homophobia in sport. Ball raised the conversation when he came out as a young gay footballer at the Yarra Glen Football Club in 2012, and has since worked to celebrate diversity and inclusion in sport. This year, he was behind the AFL launching a Pride Match between Sydney and St Kilda in round 21 of the home and away season.

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They’re here, they’re queer, they’re nominated for Young Australian of the Year

SameSame, November 2, 2016

With finalists from all over the country announced yesterday, two prominent gay Australians stood out in the 2017 category for Young Australian of the Year; musician, performer, YouTube personality and social activist Troye Sivan, and diversity and inclusion champion Jason Ball.

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Jason Ball says Sam Gilbert has become a ‘gay icon’ ahead of Pride Game

AFL Record, August 13, 2016

Sam Gilbert, gay icon. It might not be a descriptor the St Kilda defender ever expected, but, according to Jason Ball, the description is quite appropriate.

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AFL Pride Game: Gilbo, Jason and Tynan on AFL 360

FoxFooty, August 11, 2016

Sam Gilbert, Tynan Winmar and Jason Ball chat about the significance of the AFL’s ‪#‎PrideGame on FOX Footy’s AFL 360.

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Jason Ball on the Friday Revue

774 ABC Melbourne August 12, 2016

Jason Ball joins Richelle Hunt and Brian Nankervis on the Friday Revue on 774 ABC Melbourne to discuss the AFL’s Pride Game.

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Jason Ball and Jill Stark on JOY 949

JOY 949, August 13, 2016

The Chicks Talking Footy JOY 949 team hosted a live broadcast from Etihad Stadium for the AFL’s Pride Game. In this grab you’ll hear CTF’s Danae Gibson and Shelley Ware from Marngrook chat with two of the key drivers behind the AFL Pride Game, Jason Ball and Jill Stark.

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LGBTI advocate Jason Ball applauds Albury High School

Border Mail, August 30, 2016

ALBURY High School is “quite advanced” in its approach to LGBTI issues, the country’s first openly gay footballer believes. Jason Ball visited the school on Tuesday at the invitation of student council president Matt Armstrong. Ball, a beyondblue ambassador who stood for the Greens in last month’s federal election, spearheaded the recent AFL pride match between St Kilda and Sydney.

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Jason Ball: AFL’s Pride Game is historic, a moment I could only dream of

change.org, August 10, 2016

Jason Ball reflects on what the AFL’s Pride Game means, and how it all came about – read his incredible story.

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Jason Ball awarded Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

GNN, June 2 2016

LGBTIQ rights advocate and Greens candidate, Jason Ball, has been named Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016.

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Jason Ball addresses homophobic graffiti sprayed on campaign office window

The Project June 17, 2016

“I post this picture not to give the haters oxygen but to send a message to young LGBTI people that I have their back. To let them know I won’t be passive or silent in the face of bigotry.”

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Ball: Pride Game has exceeded my expectations

saints.com.au, August 11 2016

LGBTIQ and mental health advocate Jason Ball admits the Pride Game has shattered all expectations he had, praising St Kilda for shining the spotlight on homophobia in sport.

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AFL Pride Game can be ‘life-changing event’: Jason Ball

ABC News, July 21, 2016

An AFL Pride Game between St Kilda and Sydney, which will be held in round 21, has been touted as a game-changer for the code and for Australian sport.

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Proud Ball confident of Pride Game impact

saints.com.au, July 20, 2016

Matt Finnis, Mark Evans and Jason Ball spoke to the media from today’s Pride Game launch at the Prince of Wales in St Kilda.

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After 67 Years as a Safe Liberal Seat, Higgins Might Go Green

VICE June 28, 2016

Hate crime graffiti. $6000 toasters. Bob Katter’s estranged gay half-brother. If you’re not paying attention to the seat of Higgins, you’re missing the best race in Australia.

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They’re not even trying to hide their conflict of interest anymore

BuzzFeed, June 16, 2016

These real estate signs showing the assistant treasurer, Kelly O’Dwyer, are turning up all around the inner-Melbourne seat of Higgins. “I mean, really, they are not even trying to hide the conflict of interest here,” said Jason Ball.

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Federal election 2016: Shock poll result for Kelly O’Dwyer. Is Higgins the ‘Indi of 2016’?

The Age June 13, 2016

Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer is under siege from Greens candidate Jason Ball in the once-safe Liberal seat of Higgins, with the latest poll revealing her primary vote has collapsed to just 44.1 per cent.

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The best economic plan: live in a marginal seat

The Canberra Times, June 14, 2016

Hot on the heels of Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer announcing $4 million for netball courts in her blue ribbon seat of Higgins comes news that maybe it’s not a safe seat after all. It must be a coincidence.

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Kelly O’Dwyer now fighting for her seat on all fronts

The Age June 14, 2016

Liberal member for Higgins and and assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer appears to be fighting on more fronts than Winston Churchill.

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Greens Candidate Jason Ball Fights Vile Homophobic Abuse With Love

The Huffington Post, June 16, 2016

Jason Ball, the Greens candidate in the Victorian seat of Higgins, has been targeted in a homophobic graffiti attack — but has hit back in a pretty inspiring message.

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Greens on the march in Higgins

ABC Radio, AM, June 16, 2016

This morning we’re in the Melbourne suburb of Malvern at Eden Espresso cafe, right in the heart of the electorate of Higgins.

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Blue to Green in Rainbow Vote

Herald Sun, June 10, 2016

O’Dwyer gave a rousing speech rallying her troops to fight off the Green army, imploring guests to embrace the Coalition as their Higgins homeland was in danger.

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Federal election 2016: Unions target Kelly O’Dwyer in blue ribbon seat of Higgins over super changes

The Age June 7, 2016

The union movement has launched a robocall campaign to undermine assistant treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer over superannuation changes, in a move that could help the Greens in their attempt to hijack the once blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Higgins.

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Jason Ball and the battle to win Higgins from Kelly O’Dwyer

JoyFM, June 17, 2016

Australian Greens candidate for Higgins, Jason Ball, joins The Informer to discuss his battle to win the seat away from the Liberal party’s Kelly O’Dwyer.

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Greens dream of a win in Liberal Higgins

The Australian, May 28, 2016

Higgins has been a Liberal blue-ribbon seat since 1949 but it’s in danger of turning Green. Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer is facing problems in her southeast Melbourne seat as the Greens ­seduce its socially liberal residents.

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Higgins one to watch – Jason Ball considered a real chance

Nine News, May 16, 2016

The seat of Higgins is shaping up to be a tight contest; the most exciting of times since the formation of the electorate in 1949.

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Higgins candidate cans camp comparison

Jewish News, May 13, 2016

Australia has a long and proud tradition of welcoming people in need after war, including Jewish people after the Holocaust. “Their contribution to Australia’s culture, economy and community has been immeasurable. “I also look forward to working more closely with the Jewish community in future, whose passion for social justice and charity I deeply respect and admire.”

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Station upgrade needed- Greens say South Yarra Station ‘can’t cope’

Stonnington Leader, April 12 2016

PRAHRAN state Greens MP Sam Hibbins has called on Public Transport Minister Jacinta Allan to upgrade South Yarra station and establish a task force charged with overseeing the works.

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“You are loved. You are valued” – Jason Ball’s speech on Safe Schools

Star Observer, March 18, 2016

I often wonder how much pain I would have been spared if Safe Schools had been around when I was growing up. It makes me even more determined to stand up for this groundbreaking program that is quite literally saving lives.

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Pride vs Prejudice: The Match Of A Lifetime

Huffington Post, 29 January, 2016

We need to take pride because it hasn’t always been this way. In 1980, homosexuality was illegal in Victoria and in several other Australia states. It wasn’t until 1997 that it was decriminalised nationwide.

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The 10 men who mattered in Australia in 2015

Executive Style, 21 December 2015

Jason Ball: Blazing a trail as the first out-and-proud Australian Rules football player, Jason Ball has been a tireless campaigner for LGBTIQ rights, both on and off the pitch, as well as mental health more broadly.

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The Disruptors: 30(ish) people who are changing the game for young Australia

Junkee, 20 October 2015

Jason Ball’s career has been one marked by breaking boundaries. In 2012, he became the first AFL player to come out as a gay man, sparking a national conversation about homophobia in sport generally

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Jason Ball says the Greens are in with a chance against Liberal Kelly O’Dwyer

The Guardian, 10 August 2015

Jason Ball hopes to do what the Greens have only managed once before in any election – snatch a seat from a Liberal MP.

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Jason Ball to contest blue-ribbon Liberal seat of Higgins for the Greens

Sydney Morning Herald 9 August 2015

“For me, I guess I’m not afraid of the stigma that comes with politics. I actually think I have a good chance to break down that stigma because I’ve done a lot of good work in the community and a lot of people respect me for that.

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2015 Pride Cup

Weekend Sunrise, May 17, 2015

Jason Ball joined Weekend Sunrise on Channel 7 to promote the 2015 Pride Cup, celebrating diversity and promoting LGBTI inclusion in sport.

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2015 Pride Cup: Jason Ball and Brock McLean on AFL360

FoxFooty, May 12, 2016

Jason Ball and Brock McLean joined the AFL360 panel on FoxFooty to discuss the 2015 Pride Cup.

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The day football burst with Pride

Sydney Morning Herald, May 3, 2014

On a country footy oval under overcast skies, change came. It came in the rainbow-coloured 50-metre lines painted at each end of the ground. It came in the pre-match minute’s silence…

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Jason Ball’s courage will trump ignorance

The Herald Sun, May 18 2013

Here is a young man who has announced to the world he is gay, appearing on a footy program to openly discuss it, and he wasn’t nervous or anxious or embarrassed.

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Play the ball, not the man

The Age, May 13, 2013

Jason Ball is arguably Australia’s most courageous Australian Rules footballer. He confronted his terror about coming out as gay in one of society’s most macho domains. He is showing sustained bravery by campaigning to end homophobia in football.

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